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Karen is a tropical storm again. Here's what it means for Puerto Rico

Michelle Marchante and Alex Harris, Miami Herald on

Published in Weather News

MIAMI -- The Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques were waking up to Karen's heavy rains Tuesday. Karen, which is a tropical storm again, is forecast to pass over or near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday, a day after a 6.0-magnitude struck near Puerto Rico, the strongest to hit the island in recent years.

Kiara Hernandez, spokeswoman for the island's Emergency Management Agency, told The Associated Press that there were no immediate reports of damage following the quake. The National Weather Service in San Juan also said there is no risk of a tsunami.

The island was already waiting for the possible threat of Karen, with schools and government offices closed and the National Guard activated for the storm.

But, where is Karen and could it affect Puerto Rico and Florida?

Here's what you need to know:

WHERE IS THE STORM?

 

Tropical storm Karen is moving north near seven mph with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph with higher gusts. It is about 75 miles west-southwest of St. Croix and about 85 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the hurricane center's 8 a.m. Tuesday advisory. Additional strengthening is expected in the next 48 hours.

The Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques are seeing heavy rains, as of Tuesday morning, with Karen's center forecast to pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday and then move over the western Atlantic Tuesday night and Wednesday.

WARNINGS ISSUED

The U.S., British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra are under a tropical storm warning. Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles are asked to continue monitoring the storm's progress.

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